Richard Kylea Cowie (born 19 January 1979), better known by his stage name Wiley, is perhaps the most prolific British producer, rapper and recording artist to emerge in the last 15 years. He who was one of the original founders of the Roll Deep crew, and has made pioneering music in the fields of jungle, drum & bass and UK garage music. He is credited as the originator of the grime genre, which roared out of east London in the early noughties.
Wiley's third album "Playtime is Over" on Big Dada Records, combined artistic control for Wiley with a full scale release on a recognised label. In early 2011, Wiley finally announced his return to the Big Dada label, and the release of his ultimate album and statement, "100% Publishing". This was followed less than six months later by "Evolve Or Be Extinct," perhaps his strongest and most consistent album, which went on to win the AIM Genre Award 2012.
Wiley remains one of the biggest characters and wildest talents in British music. Whether helping younger artists break through (Dizzee, Chipmunk, Tinchy) offloading hundreds of unreleased tracks on Twitter, rowing with detractors or doling out private insights on the web – he is always in the studio. Ultimately a workaholic, he’s the kind of artist one can imagine making groundbreaking, avant-garde music well into his old age. A true maverick and an artist in the truest sense of the word, in between working with Big Dada, Wiley has released three top ten singles, including "Wearing My Rolex" and UK number 1, "Heatwave.